State insists on regulating churches to prevent another Shakahola tragedy
The government has maintained that regulation of churches is inevitable to prevent another deadly cult similar to the Shakahola tragedy.
Speaking on Sunday, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki said starting Monday, the taskforce established by President William Ruto will begin its sittings after talks with the church and all stakeholders on regulations on the registration of churches.
“The Government will do whatever it can to ensure that never again will the kind of tragedy that occurred at Shakahola never happens again,” Kindiki said.
The CS urged Kenyans to turn up and give their views on church regulations.
“There is no difference between what happened at Shakahola with terrorism. The same way we have viciously fought terrorism and violent extremism hiding behind Islam is the same way we will fight extremists and terrorists hiding behind Christianity and using the Holy scriptures to mislead our people,” he said.
At least 242 bodies have so far been unearthed in Shakahola forest as the case continues to get the attention of Kenyans.
According to a post-mortem examination conducted so far, some of the people were brutally killed with blunt objects while others died of starvation.
On Monday, June 5, the third phase of the exhumation exercise begins. There are about 22 suspected mass graves.
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